The Mayor and her Consort, Councillor Ginny Alexander and her husband Adrian, won’t be the only special guests at Saturday’s second meeting of Roary’s Pride in the Vestacare Stadium social club, starting at 9am.
We hope as many members and their parents as possible attend this special event at which we will be privileged and honoured to be in the presence of Civic dignitaries and also representatives of the community arm of Greater Manchester Police.
Headed by Sergeant Paul Archer, the police team will also include PC Damieon Hartley-Pickles and PC Rob Coggin, both of whom have special connections in the Limeside, Hollinwood and Failsworth areas.
PC Damieon, a former rugby league full-back or centre with Halifax, Huddersfield Giants, Bramley (under Ray Ashton) and Swinton (under Tony Barrow), is a campus-based officer at Co-op Academy Failsworth.
He is also coach of the GMP rugby league side — a role he has filled for the past 15 years.
Aged 48 and a member of the Failsworth and Limeside police unit, he specialises in community work as a neighbourhood beat officer who deals with anti-social behaviour and efforts to guide the youth of the area away from crime and towards sport and other worthwhile leisure pursuits.
Working in a similar role, PC Rob is also a neighbourhood beat officer in and around Limeside.
They will be at the Pride meeting on June 22 by 9.30am and they hope to have with them GMP’s brand-new mobile police station.
Said PC Damieon:
“It will be super to meet the Roary’s Pride children and to give them an insight into what we do – and why.”
Said Pride organiser Dave Murgatroyd:
“It’s going to be another smashing Pride meeting. We will be honoured to have the Mayor and her Consort there as well as GMP.
“The Fire Brigade did us proud last time and I know GMP will do the same. They do a fantastic job in the local community . . . the very community in which Oldham RLFC has its base.
“We like to think the club is very much community-based so its hugely appropriate that GMP pays us a visit to look at what we are all about and to tell us all about their work in the Limeside, Hollinwood and Failsworth areas.”
Phil Joy, Kyran Johnson and Adam Brook will be at the meeting which is for all Pride members and their parents.
Added Dave ‘Murgy’:
“Like the Fire officers last time, GMP will capture the children’s attention and it’s going to be a great morning for members and their parents, who enjoyed the inaugural meeting just as much as the youngsters, if not more so !”